5.9-magnitude quake hits SW China's Tibet, no damage reported

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-20 12:14:58|Editor: huaxia

LHASA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- No casualties or damage were reported after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, at 9:33 a.m. Friday, the local government said.

Obvious tremors were felt in Tingri County under Xigaze, but no house collapse or disruption of traffic and communications were reported. The county government has sent officials to villages and towns to collect more information.

In the meantime, nine firefighters and three fire trucks were dispatched to the epicenter. More than 100 firefighters and dozens of vehicles are on standby.

The epicenter was monitored at 28.63 degrees north latitude and 87.42 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 km, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Tingri borders Nepal to the south. Most areas of the county belong to the Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve.